Friday, November 21, 2014

New Exclusive Gradient Colors from Mountain Colors!

Gradient-1 Shawl in Twizzle Harmony Mist
Mountain Colors Yarn has so many colors to choose from, it's hard to pick a favorite.  It's even harder to pick two or three colors to compliment each other for a project.  Or rather, it was hard - but we've made it easy!

We love the Mountain Colors Twizzle yarn, a soft blend of merino wool and silk plied together. Each strand has a beautiful combination of color with a subtle variation in color depth.  You can never have too much of a good thing, so the ladies at Mountain Color Yarn took our five favorite Twizzle colors and created a light, a medium and a dark variation of each.  The result is three different shades that compliment each other perfectly.  The new yarns are sold as “Twizzle Gradient Packs.”  Each pack has three 250 yard skeins (a total of 750 yards) of the same color in a dark, a medium and a light skein.

Every new yarn needs a great pattern ... so I set to work!  I designed an asymmetrical shawl that is simple and stylish, with just enough pattern to make the knitting interesting ... and let the gradients do the work!

Bonus: The pattern is FREE with the purchase of a Gradient Yarn Pack!

Twizzle Gradient Pack in Harmony Moss
“Gradient-1 Shawl” is knit with one yarn pack. Start knitting the skinny end with the lightest color; build with the medium value and finally add a little texture with the darkest color at the wide end. The shawl is done primarily in stockinette stitch with garter ridges at the color changes and some lace patterning with the dark color. It measures 72” across the top edge and 22” at the center point.

You will need a size US 6 (4.0 mm) 40” circular needle. Try the nickle plated Addi Turbos or the sharp pointed Addi Rockets. Adjust the needle size to obtain a gauge 5.5 sts per inch in stockinette stitch if necessary.  No notions required, except chocolate.

Twizzle Gradient Pack in Harmony Plum
You will note that pattern name is “Gradient-1 Shawl."  Hmm . . . perhaps that might suggest there could be a sequel!

Call us if we can help with your yarn, needle or color selections!

Happy Knitting . . . . Amy

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Holiday Central - It's That Time of Year!

The Pucker Up Cowl
Usually the holiday season sneaks up on me.  There I am, counting my Halloween candy, and the next thing you know - BAM! - it's mid-December and I'm asking, "How did that happen?"

But winter is not quietly slipping in this year!  The headline on weather.com is "Arctic Blast Will Leave No State Untouched!"  On Sunday the low overnight in Galena was 4 degrees!

So how do I respond to an early arctic blast?  With an early jump on holiday knitting, of course!

But where to start . . . We have thousands of yarns and patterns, and while you are certainly welcome to scroll through each and every one looking for gift ideas, you don't have to.  We've made it easy with our Holiday Central.

Gifts to Knit

You'll find great projects categorized into:
Changing Ribs Cowl
That's still a lot of choices, so I've cut it down further with my top three favorites: 
  • The Pucker Up Cowl is a lighter-than-air beauty knit with Filatura Di Crosa's Superior yarn, a blend of cashmere, silk and a small bit of wool.  It only takes one skein of Superior - and the pattern is FREE with your purchase of Superior.  Take your pick of over 15 colors!
  • The Changing Ribs Cowl is a quick-knit, warm cowl knit with HiKoo's Helix, a fun thick-and-thin single ply yarn supported with a binder thread.  The fun texture and terrific colors make this a great gift for someone  - or for yourself!
  • The Baby Cable and Rib Hat has constant cables and ribs.  The pattern holds your attention - a great way to wind down and keep your mind on your knitting and away from the stress of your day.  I recommend using Tahki's Cotton Classic Lite (and the yarn is currently on sale at 20% off until the end of November!), but the hat also knits up well in wool.
 Gifts for You

We've also got gift suggestions for friends to give to you under
Baby Cable and Rib Hat
The two Stocking Stuffers that are always on my list: 
  • Nothing is worse than putting on hand lotion and  being too greasy to knit!  Stop waving your hands around in the air waiting for your lotion to dry and use Lavishea lotion bars.  The bars are made with unrefined fair trade shea butter and 100% natural soy, complimented with premium skin-safe fragrance in your choice of eight different scents.  It absorbs quickly and completely without  leaving a greasy residue.  Moisturize, and then get back to your knitting!
  • Take good care of your hand knits with Eucalan's Wool WashThe lanolin enriched formula helps to naturally condition fibers and keeps static away, and the Eucalyptus oil is a natural moth inhibitor.  This wash is a must-use before storing your wool items away for the season!
Happy Knitting . . . . Amy

Friday, November 14, 2014

Twist and Shout while you Twist and Spin - and Save 20%!

Cover of Twist and Shout (1963)
Every time I think of ChiaoGoo's Twist and Spin sets, I can't help hearing The Beatles singing "Twist and Shout" in the back of my head . . .  

C'mon c'mon, baby now, twist and shout!

Admit it - the song is stuck in your head now, too!  Keep singing (and twisting and shouting), because the song is great background music to announce our new sale of 20% off everything ChiaoGoo!

Our 20% off sale includes everything: their super-sharp Red Steel Lace needles, gorgeous bamboo straight and double point knitting needles, strong and stylish bamboo crochet hooks, and Twist and Spin sets - including the new 4" Twist and Spin sets.  

So what are the Twist and Spin sets?

ChiaoGoo Twist Connection
The ChiaoGoo Twist Interchangeable Set is everything you love about ChiaoGoo's Steel Red Lace circular needles - lightweight yet strong stainless steel needle tips, flexible nylon-coated steel cables, and sharp lace tips.  The join between the needle tip and the cable is a twist mechanism (hence the name Twist) and is secured by a key.  The interchangeables also feature lifeline holes in the cables.

ChiaoGoo Spin Connection
The ChiaoGoo Spin Interchangeable Set uses warm-to-the-touch, earth friendly bamboo needles.  The join between the needle tip and the cable is a spin-able screw mechanism (hence the name Spin) and is secured by a key so they won't pop off. These interchangeables also feature lifeline holes in the cables, so you will never have to unravel a piece over a mistake again.

Both the Twist and Spin sets are available in the standard 5 inch needle, but an exciting new addition to the collection is a 4 inch needle.  So why make such a fuss over one inch?  The slightly smaller needle, when combined with a 8 inch cables, creates a 16 inch circular needle - perfect for hat knitting!  

New - 4" ChiaoGoo Twist Set
The 5" ChiaoGoo Twist Set comes in Small (needle sizes US 2 - US 8), Large (US 9 - US 15) and Complete (US 2 - US 15).  The 4" Twist Set comes in Small (needle sizes US 2 - 8) and Complete (US 2 - US 15)

The Spin sets come in the same sizes:  a 5" Small  (needle sizes US 2 - US 8), Large (US 9 - US 15) and Complete (US 2 - US 15) set and the 4" Spin Set comes in Small (needle sizes US 2 - 8) and Complete (US 2 - US 15).

For more details on these fantastic interchangeable sets click here!

Leary of purchasing items made in China?  No worries.  These needles are not made in a Chinese sweatshop.  ChiaoGoo is manufactured by a family-owned business which prides themselves with offering high quality products backed by a lifetime guarantee.  Started by four brothers, they were taught bamboo work by their father and grandfather, both traveling bamboo craftsman.  But their real inspiration came from their mother, an avid knitter who was their needle tester and often asked for special bamboo needles to meet her needs.  The family is proud of their quality ChiaoGoo needles - and I know you will be, too!

This sale ends November 30th, 2014 so be sure to shop soon! Give me a call if I can help you with your needle selection!

Happy Knitting . . . . Amy

Friday, November 7, 2014

November Dream Club Yarn & Pattern

Sachy Hat & Mitts
Join the club! It's time for Dream in Color's Dream Club exclusive November yarn and pattern! This exclusive color was dyed only for the Dream Club - and when it's gone, it's gone!

The Dream Club has no membership fee or secret handshake.  Just order the kit and start knitting!

November's cozy color is a subtle mix of pinks, purples, tans, and reds.   The yarn's subtle color variation is enhanced by the pattern, the Sachy Hat & Mitts by Connie Chang Chinchio.  The pattern uses stockinette stitches and eyelets for a delicate, feminine texture that looks difficult, but is really quite easy. 

November's Exclusive Color
The kit includes the yarn and the pattern.  The yarn is Dream in Color's Everlasting DK yarn, a 100% superwash Australian merino wool.  Everlasting DK is soft to the touch, but very durable.  The extra-large skein is enough to make both the hat and the mitts.  The pattern is an electronic download that will be waiting for you in your FiberWild! account immediately after your purchase.  

You will also need (not included) US 8/5.00 mm needles, or the size to obtain the gauge of 19 stitches over 4 inches in the eyelet pattern.  You'll need a 16" circular plus a long circular for the magic loop method or double point needles.  In addition you will need stitch markers and a tapestry needle, which are also not included.

Sachy Hat
A fun project in an amazing color and an awesome yarn.  Will you keep the hat and mitts for yourself, or give them as a gift?

Happy Knitting . . . . Amy

Monday, November 3, 2014

All Tahki Stacy Charles Yarns and Patterns are 20% Off!

Fair Isle Hat in Cotton Classic
Tahki Yarns started in 1968 when Diane Friedman discovered a mill in County Donegal Ireland that spun a gorgeous wool tweed.  The result of that trip was Donegal Tweed yarn, a traditional homespun tweed of 100% wool in time-honored colors with tweed accents of coordinating colors.  Donegal Tweed is a classic and remains one of Tahki's most popular yarns. 

Diane's quest for perfect yarn continued, and a few years later she discovered a mill in Greece that produced a beautiful mercerized cotton from which she developed Cotton Classic. Cotton Classic is the ultimate in basic cottons - a medium weight 100% cotton in lots of bold colors that works great in lace as well as cables.  Plus it's machine washable and durable!  You can keep your favorite little one warm with the Tahki Fair Isle Hat, or think summer with the lacy come-hither Tahki Sleeveless Dress

During the month of November we are paying tribute to Tahki Yarns with 20% off on all Tahki Stacy Charles yarns and patterns!

Balzac Braided Cowl & Headband
Along with the popular Donegal Tweed and Cotton Classic, some of my Tahki favorites are:
  • Big Montana is, well, BIG!  This super bulky yarn is 100% pure wool roving.  Use a giant size 17 needle for big projects that will take a small amount of time.  I like the Balzac Braided Cowl & Headband.  Those aren't real braids - the cables simulate braids in this quick knit for the holidays project!
  • Ripple is a 100% cotton thick-thin tape construction in bold solid colors that knits into a fun textured fabric.  It's got great drape and subtle sheen to give ordinary cotton some pizazz!  The Tahki Gift Wrap Tabard accents the yarn's character with textured stripes.  
  • Aria is a light-as-air wool blend tape yarn in heathered jewel tones.  The feather soft yarn is perfect for a cozy cabled sweater or fluffy cowl!  Go crazy with cables with the Tahki Artistry Pullover!
  • Kismet is a soft and airy brushed alpaca blend yarn in ten calming colors with a fuzzy halo.  The word "kismet" is an old Turkish word for fate or destiny (I love the cheesy 1950s musical Kismet with Howard Keel!).   Your destiny will be lots of hugs in the soft and cuddly Gold Coast Shawl-Collar Cardigan!  
Create some great hand-made gifts for the holidays - or treat yourself!

Happy Knitting . . .  Amy

Friday, October 31, 2014

Patterns Powered by Ravelry

We are thrilled to introduce FiberWild!'s Patterns Powered by Ravelry - a huge selection of knitting and crochet patterns!  How huge is huge?  We have 3,493 patterns so far - and we are adding more every day! 

So what is Patterns Powered by Ravelry?  We've worked with Ravelry to bring an incredible selection of knitting and crochet patterns to the FiberWild! website.  Ravelry, as you may know, is a free site for knitters and crocheters to share tips, ask questions, give yarn recommendations, and post photos of completed projects.  Our huge collection of FiberWild! patterns have been combined with the enormous selection on Ravelry, so you have access to an incredible array of designs.  You simply choose the pattern you want and add it to your FiberWild! cart, select the yarn and needles you need, and check out!  Your pattern is available immediately after you complete your purchase, and you don't even have to be a Ravelry member!

Braided Back Wristlet
How do I choose a pattern with such a large inventory?  Well, you could scroll through each and every one, but we assume you would rather be knitting than scrolling through thousands of patterns.  So we have an easy search menu so that you can view only the patterns that fit your criteria.  Search based on craft (knitting or crochet), category (accessories, clothing, home, pets), pattern designer, yarn weight, needle size and more!  Your search can be as broad or as pinpointed as you choose.

Bonus:  Your Patterns Powered by Ravelry purchases earn you FiberWild! rewards, just like any other purchases on the website.  

April Winds Socks
"Oh no, I want to knit another pair of those socks I made last Christmas but I can't find my pattern!"  You won't say that again, because you can save your pattern in your Ravelry Library and go back to it long after the project is completed and you've lost the paper print-out. 

Not a Ravelry member?  You can join Ravelry for free and enjoy the comradery of a community of knitters - but you don't have to.  You can purchase patterns at FiberWild! without a Ravelry membership.  You'll get the same patterns, pay the same price and get the same immediate access to your pattern after your purchase, but you won't have the benefit of storing your patterns in your personal Ravelry library. 

Don't like electronic patterns?  Some people just prefer a paper pattern, and we still have our selection of pattern magazines, booklets, pamphlets and hard cover books both online and in the store.

Are you a pattern designer?  We'd love to help you add your patterns to our Patterns Powered by Ravelry inventory.  Click here for more information or call the store at 815-777-3550.
 
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Spring Forward, Fall Back!  So what are  you going to do with your extra hour this weekend as we end Daylight Savings Time and return to Standard Time?  Knit, of course!  How many times have you said "I wish I just had one extra hour to knit?"  And now you do - enjoy it!

Happy Knitting . . . . Amy

Friday, October 24, 2014

Time to Start your Holiday Knitting!

Christmas Stocking Kits
I had to scrape the frost off my car windows this morning . . .  That can only mean one thing:  Time for holiday knitting!

Have you visited our Holiday Central page yet?  It's full of great ideas for you to knit as gifts - and even has a section on great gifts for your friends to give to you!  The list is huge (we have a lot of great ideas!), but I've picked out a few of my favorites:
    Letah Five Petal Beret
  • Letah Five Petal Beret. I discovered a beautiful five petal doily pattern written by my grandmother Letah in 1942.  But does anyone really use doilys anymore?  The pattern inspired me to design this five petal beret.  It has a timeless shape and a beautiful lace pattern - and, unlike a doily, you can wear it every day!  Choose your favorite Jilly yarn color - on sale at 20% off! - and start knitting!
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  • Kenjin Baby or Child Sweater.  "Kenjin" is Japanese for "sage," meaning wise one.  This Japanese inspired cardigan comes in nine sizes, from 3 months to 10 years.  The sweater is terrifically soft knit in Classy With Cashmere.  We've got 30 colors to choose from - and it's all on sale at 20% off!
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    Kenjin Baby Sweater
  • Braid Band Hat.   "Head 'n shoulders" above the standard wool stocking hat, the Braid Band Hat has a delightful braided band along the edge.  Great for men or women, you'll keep warm with Brown Sheep's Nature Spun 100% wool in over 20 colors!
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  • Christmas Stocking Kits.  These kits include the yarn and pattern to make a fun Christmas stocking, along with other embellishments such as sequins, beads, bells, pom poms, etc.  Great fun to knit, or give a kit to your favorite knitter!
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    addi Art - 24K Knitting Needles
  • addi Art - 24K.  Do you know a knitter who is as good as gold?  The 24K is the second needle in the addi Art series, an artistic collection of limited edition knitting needles.  As the name implies, this elegant needle boasts 24 karat gold needle tips with a dense coating for added durability and shine.  A beautiful gift for a special knitter!  Bonus:  The addi Art 24K needles are on sale at 20% off!
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  • addiQuick.  Love needle felting but hate how long it takes?  The addiQuick is an electric needle felting needle that does all the hard work for you!  And you can save money while you save time - we have the addiQuick on sale at 20% off!
Happy Knitting . . . . Amy